FARAI

Q (UK) - - Awards 2018 -

Spo­ken-word artist’s un­ortho­dox take on her twin iden­ti­ties. Cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with long­time pro­ducer TONE, the first LP from Zim­babwe-born, Lon­don-based mu­si­cian/poet Farai makes for a star­tling lis­ten. A col­lec­tion of loose, dis­or­derly post-punk, it matches its maker’s bois­ter­ous vo­cal with in­dus­trial synths, mo­torik drums and creep­ing bass, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously draw­ing on her African her­itage. The lat­ter is re­flected in Farai’s dra­matic voice: her ac­cent runs the ga­mut be­tween Cock­ney twang and south­ern African drawl. Yet the lyrics served by this clev­erly dis­con­cert­ing sound make less sense, mainly con­sist­ing of bizarre non se­quiturs and ran­dom ref­er­ences that, for all the ad­ven­ture here, strug­gle to con­vey much mean­ing. RACHEL AROESTI Lis­ten To: Talula | Love Dis­ease | Ra­di­ant Child

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